This is a time to think about our concept of right and wrong. The ideas of sin, mortal sin, unforgivable sin and other guilt inducing things are ideas that burden us each and every day if we are healthy and normal. These are the ideas that make us human. The burden is to not do things that are bad for ourselves, bad for others, bad for our communities, and bad for our world. The extreme right wing in America has taken on a unique role in society, and that is to do as much evil, think as much evil and demand as much evil as possible. But the right wing has a serious mental illness: People who have taken up with this wing of politics have entered a psychopathic state, where there is no guilt, no remorse, no ability to take responsibility for doing and for advocating wrong, no empathy, and no love. The extreme left wing appears to be so scattered and unfocused that it has made itself useless. The left wing of any nation has many ideas, notions and behaviors that are no healthier than those of the extreme right, but is good for thinking of the well being of those who cannot fight for themselves or who have little or nothing. The middle is just that; a balance between the two extremes of politics where humans do not completely adhere to any dogmatic and extreme agenda, but pick and choose those elements that make the most sense to them or that satisfy their moral and ethical makeup. This is how we have Christians who can support tolerance for gays and are more than glad to go to war. The truth is that this is a mix and match political life for a truly healthy person. Here are some of my understandings of right and wrong in relation to the only set of laws that apply with a universal force over everything that a Christian does and every day that a Christian lives. The laws are clear but the evil is in the details. As we get immersed in the vast complexities of life and living, we get farther and farther away from the ten simple laws. The Bible gives us our ultimate guide to what is right and wrong. We have a brilliant guide, but that guide has been overworked and made into a twisted tool used by those who want power, money and control. They have no intention of leading good and moral lives, themselves, yet they want to impose morality on us. I am talking about the extremist and deviant religions that have cropped up and taken power over our nations. It is time to review the greatest moral guide ever written. It can apply to anyone, regardless of their beliefs. The first and third commandments come with my highest recommendations, of course.
No other God before God:
Last week, this blog was about serving two masters. The right wing has many masters, and has come to hate the laws of God and the teachings of Jesus. Why is this? Because the laws of God and the teachings of Jesus get in their way. The right wing loves money, power over the rest of the world, and their self serving, twisted versions of religion. They have put other gods before God.
The best evidence is in the way that the right wing constantly tries to get us all to hate each other.
This commandment was written at a time when early converts to Judaism (there was no Christianity yet) still followed hundreds of other gods. There so many gods that practically every household had its own household god!
The tradition was to make statues, idols and other symbols of those other gods, then to give these objects supernatural powers.
Today, we could argue that overdoing it with the fish symbol, flashing crosses all around, plastering a religious reference onto everything we own, and giving the bible supernatural powers are acts of creating graven images. Wearing these things, waving them around, and putting them on our car bumpers is a waste of time.
Such symbols become graven images when they lead people away from God and toward the attention seeking control freak.
Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain:
We better want God to really damn something if we say those words. We had better watch out when we attach the name of God to something. The religious right has gotten stupid enough to attach the name of God to evil, selfish and greedy agendas.
The religious right had better watch themselves, because God is watching all of us.
Atheists who disrespect or preach against God had better watch out. They have no more right to be intolerant and hateful of Christians than the extreme religious right has to hate atheists.
Remembering the Sabbath and Keeping the Day Holy:
Some religions take a day that the pagan Romans named after The Roman god of agriculture: Saturn. Others take a day that the pagan Romans named after the Sun and a pagan holiday.
Whatever they are named, these two days are perfectly fine for making our best efforts to get closer to God, to thank God, worship God and imitate Jesus as best we can. We imitate God by taking off from work and resting ourselves. We honor and respect God and give God joy in us. We honor Jesus and take some time to study his teachings.
The sabbath can be so fabulous that we start the next work week with a fresh relationship with God and a fresh understanding of our role in the whole business. This is right.
After that, the process can get downright sick and silly. This is wrong.
Honor thy Father and Mother:
This should not be difficult to understand! But the right wing wants to get rid of the elderly because they cost too much. How about forcing women to bear children even if they were raped? How many of the extreme right have murdered, abused and abandoned their own fathers and mothers and worse.
There is no honor in that.
Some people were horribly abused by their fathers and/or mothers. Others got more grief from their parents than they ever caused for their parents to suffer. Such people should not be forced to carry monsters around on their shoulders while everyone else cheers.
Each person who has been horribly abused and mistreated by one or more parents must figure out how to carry this law. The most helpful acts include getting healing for the self, forgiving, showing compassion, and showing basic respect for their ancestors who lived, reproduced or adopted, and brought their children up with enough ability to repeat the cycle of life.
Other children are spoiled. They take everything they can get from their parents, then neglect them or mistreat them in return. That is wrong.
The rest have traumas, bitterness and problems that are not as extreme. It is fine to remember the part of our parents that are good and loving, and to let those parts be our guides.
We know what it means to honor our mothers and fathers.
Thou shalt not kill:
The same Torahs and bibles that contain the ten commandments also contain detailed instructions on how to kill animals for sacrifice or food, is full of stories about people killing and being killed, and serve to confuse the heck out of us.
No wonder people find any number of excuses for killing while they wave their bibles around.
The right wing religious cabals are being held to account for their chicken hawk calls for war, for executing innocent people, murdering people of color and for urging the unstable to kill their enemies. Worse, the right wing is infamous for letting their own murderers walk free.
The religious right pushes crooked and deadly injustice and uses hatred to justify killing.
Worse, the religious right has a million excuses for not even keeping their own women and children safe from abuse and murder.
The right wing has a cowardly and deviant obsession with making the deadliest weapons possible and with getting as rich as they can from selling those weapons to our enemies.
Right wing extremists have blood on their hands and need to account for: planning to kill, legalizing murder for themselves, and for calling on others to go out and kill. They advocate killing in order to get their way.
All across the political spectrum, humans continue to be good at killing.
The goal that is set by this commandment is: fight the urge to kill and do not incorporate the urge to kill into political or religious dogma!
Are you kidding? When people get married in a religious ceremony, they promise God that they will not commit adultery!
What a self deluded and arrogant bunch of people! Who are they to promise that they can keep their boastful and grandiose promises? Why don’t they simply ask God for strength and support rather than to write checks that they cannot cash?
Anyone who sleeps around outside of their marriage is an adulterer, and plenty of humans across the moral and religious spectra commit adultery as a fact of life.
The extreme right is full of adultery, but lies about it and whines instantly when they are caught at it. The left commits adultery and can be equally stupid and crooked about it.
The sin of adultery is a sin that married people commit. Unmarried people are not supposed to be promiscuous, to sell sex for money, or to go to bed with married people.
That is it.
Thou Shalt Not Steal:
People from across the political spectrum steal from the taxpayer, embezzle from businesses, cheat people, and rob individuals. This is a human condition.
The wisdom of this law is that it guides us to do the right thing and the good thing. Otherwise there would be constant robbery, back and forth. People would be so focused on stealing or being robbed that they would not have time to do any of the work that ensures their survival.
But the extreme right wing has stolen the most in the history of the world and has stolen in the most universal way. This faction has stolen from the nations and boldly announces that it intends to steal some more.
The extreme right wing needs to be stopped from looting any more from our treasury, from our markets, and from our people who are in need.
Bearing false witness:
The President has been libeled, slandered, and falsely accused of not being a citizen of the United States. He has been rudely and disrespectfully told that he practices a religion that he does not practice.
The extreme right wing lies glibly and persistently, then stubbornly refuses to answer when confronted about the lies.
Right wing religious leaders have borne false witness hundreds of thousands of times. They need to admit that they lied and resolve to never do it again, but they are psychopaths. There is no repair for the extreme or even moderate right.
Right wing operatives like Andrew Breitbart deliberately doctored videos, published outright lies, and conspired with major media outlets like CNN and FOX to distribute the lies. This damaged individuals like Shirley Sherrod and the ACORN organization, a group that committed no wrong. Fortunately, ACORN still exists and is doing fine, and Shirley Sherrod is doing fine.
Even top right wing political celebrities like Donald Trump, Barbara Bachmann and Mitt Romney will lie boldly and glibly. They stubbornly refuse to admit that they lie, and will pile on even more lies in order to dodge responsibility.
The veteran’s funeral protesters are stupid enough to publicly commit false witness when they protest abortions. They bear false witness against dead soldiers who had nothing to do with abortion, who were someone’s husband or wife, or who were parents who left children behind. No manner of excuse making will redeem these religious deviants who exploit rights to protest by bearing false witness against soldiers who sacrificed their lives.
Thou Shalt Not Covet
Throughout history, extremist religions have obsessed over what other people have, and have sought to take as much as they could for themselves. Today’s religious right in America is no different. This corporate sponsored cabal empowers and enriches itself in the name of fake religious dogma and at the expense of the majority of Americans.
That is wrong.
The religious right covets the power to control our government, treasury, people, and lands. The religious right covets the lands, wealth and people of other sovereign nations.
The religious right has lied, murdered, cheated and stolen in order to suck the law out of our law, destroy our nation for good, and start a deadly civil war just for the power and the thrill of it.
That is wrong.
How those who believe in God interpret and apply the ten most useful and powerful guide to moral and ethical behavior in existence is up to each believer. The warning is to stay with these laws and to not let anyone or any interpretation lead us away from them.
The rest of America, especially the extreme left wing, has failed to fight the religious right, to prevent them from having influence over our government, and to get them out of our bedrooms, businesses and lives.
That is wrong.
What is that the rest of America covets, condones or bears false witness about that they will allow such evil to become a ruling force? We had better confront this problem, because we haven’t seen anything like the trouble and tribulation that lies ahead.